5/24/13 11:49pm - I have noticed a lot of Yelpers use Rudy's as their baseline to compare other BBQ joints. I support that. Rudy's is all about the flavor. I have always been a Rudy's fan long before they started expanding all over Texas. My hunting buddy and I planned many a trip home making sure we passed through Leon Springs during lunch time. I am impressed how they have duplicated that experience everywhere.
I scored Rudy's an 89 out 100. This is Reserve Grand Champion Texas BBQ
Smoke: Oak. Big stacks taking up precious parking space. This location had 3
big black Olyers. I snuck a peek behind the sheet metal fence and saw the blue
smoke oozing out of the fire box.
Brisket: Good. A picture perfect piece of brisket. Rich thick black bark with
bright red 1/4in smoke ring. A little tough of tender. A great rub and full
smoke flavor and you forget you used a knife. No sauce needed at all.
Ribs: Good. A little touch of tender and slight dirty bone. Great peppery rub
and good smoke flavor. No sauce needed.
Sausage: Excellent. This was the biggest surprise of all. I am always looking
for something a little different and this hit the mark. Strong traditional
spice with some awesome subtle nutty flavor. I could not tell what it was but
it was sooo good. There was a hint of smoke and it had a great peppery after
taste. No sauce needed.
Sauce: Excellent. I have to give Rudy's a perfect score because my own personal
recipe was created to taste like Rudy's. This has always been my favorite sauce
In a nutshell, Rudy's is all about flavor. Everything tastes great all by
itself. If this is your standard of great Texas BBQ, you are right. And since
they are popping up all over the Lone Star,
get use to phrases like "just as good as Rudy's", "better than
Rudy's" and "not as good as Rudy's".